A Taste of India
17 nights / 18
Day 1. Arrival in Delhi.
Upon arrival at Delhi International Airport you will be met by a member of
our team at the airport along with coach and chauffeur and transferred to
the hotel in New Delhi for your overnight stay.
Day 2. Whole Day Delhi.
Full Day sightseeing: The main sights are Old Delhi, Red Fort and the Jama
Masjid Mosque, a rickshaw ride through the Chandni Chowk visiting the Spice,
Wedding and Silver Markets and the Birla Temple. A drive through New Delhi
to see the Parliament Buildings of Sir Edwin Lutyens, India Gate, Humayun's
Tomb and Qutub Minar. Return to your hotel for overnight stay.
3. Delhi - Mandawa
Leave Delhi for the beginning of your tour of Rajasthan. Your will drive to
the Shekhawati region, famous for its painted Havelis and wild peacocks
Afternoon visit to the Havelis in the surrounding villages of Nawalgarh,
Dundlod and Mandawa itself. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight
4. Mandawa - Bikaner
Morning drive through the Shekhawati towards the desert. Upon arrival in
Bikaner, check in to your hotel. Your afternoon sightseeing will include a
visit to the Junagarh Fort. One of the most interesting forts in Rajasthan,
it houses the palaces of the royal family and a splendid museum. Also worth
a visit are the Jain Temples of the brothers Sandeshwar and Bhandeshwar plus
the nearby Neminath Sandeshwar Temple. Return to your hotel for overnight
5. Bikaner - Jaisalmer
Leave after breakfast for the drive west into the Thar Desert and the
walled fortress town of Jaisalmer. This was once a stopping place on the
silk route for the caravanserais from China to Saudi Arabia. Here you will
stay for three nights, which can include a trip out to the desert with camel
safari, bonfire, dinner and music.
We suggest you include a visit to the sandstone havelis (merchant's
houses). The most well known are the Patwon-ki-haveli, Salim Singh-ki-haveli
and the Nathmal-ki-haveli. Further interesting sights are the lake,
citadels, chhatris (monuments to the Maharajas) Jain Temples, the Fort and
of course the bazaars. There are many rooftop restaurants in and around
Jaisalmer where you can see the Fort itself, with it's 90 turrets fully
illuminated at night.
A trip out to the desert is also suggested toDay. After a morning at
leisure you could leave Jaisalmer late afternoon for the drive out towards
the village of Sam. Here you can mount camels for a short camel ride which
will take you to the sandunes at Sunset Point. Then ride back to the camp
where you can have dinner before leaving for Jaisalmer and your hotel for
Day 8. Jaisalmer - Jodhpur
Morning drive to the blue city of Jodhpur. In the afternoon you will have
the chance to visit the magnificent fort palace of Mehrangarh. Perched more
than 300 feet above the city, it not only is a fascinating place to visit
but affords incredible views over the city, which is painted blue. Overnight
stay at your hotel.
Day 9. Jodhpur - Rohet
Leave at your leisure for the short drive (1 hour) south to the village of
Rohet. This is the 16th Century home of the Champawat clan. The rooms are
still decorated with frescoes but have all modern amenities and air
conditioning. There is a lovely pool in the courtyard, the gardens are lush
and the restaurant is open on the poolside. Rest of the Day at leisure.
Day as per your wishes. The hotel organises jeep safaris into the
surrounding countryside and horse and camel safaris with a picnic lunch.
Please ask the hotel for more details. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 11. Rohet - Ranakpur - Udaipur
Leave for Udaipur stopping on the way to visit the Jain Temples in
Ranakpur. These temples were built in the 15th century in a stunning
location and set amidst deep forest. Built on 1444 marble pillars, they are
some of the finest examples of Jain architecture and not to be missed..
If you wish you can take lunch at the Fateh Bagh or Maharani Bagh, both
located close to the Ranakpur Temples. Continue the drive south to Udaipur,
built on the banks of Lake Pichola amidst the Aravali Hills. Overnight stay
at your hotel.
Day 12. Udaipur
Whole Day to visit Udaipur. We suggest a morning visit to the City Palace,
the Jagdish Temple and the bazaars. Udaipur has many, selling hand made
paper books, Indian clothing and silk sarees. The town is famous for its art
schools where young boys are taught the art of miniature Moghul painting.
Day 13. Udaipur - Deogarh
Drive north after breakfast to the village of Deogarh for your stay at the
Deogarh Mahal. This is a 17th century castle beautifully converted into a
hotel. Built on a hilltop, it has battlements, domed turrets and balconies
and dominates the town below. Afternoon at leisure. The hotel has a lovely
swimming pool, jacuzzi and Ayurvedic massage centre. You could also take a
jeep safari into the rugged countryside. Overnight stay at Deogarh Mahal.
Day 14. Deogarh - Pushkar
ToDay you drive north to the holy site of Pushkar. Built around a holy lake
it is a place of pilgrimage for Hindus. Here the pilgrims perform their
daily prayers and rituals. The lake is surrounded by more than 100 temples
which all have ghats - staircases- leading down into the lake. Here you will
stay at the Pushkar Palace, the only hotel on the lake itself. You can sit
in their garden and enjoy the sites from there or take a walk around the
lake. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 15. Pushkar - Jaipur
ToDay you leave Puhkar for the morning drive to Jaipur, capital of
Rajasthan. This is a busy bustling city where the bazaars spill over on to
the streets, to mingle with the handcarts, camels, elephants, scooters,
rickshaws and tuk-tuks. It is lively and colourful and painted pink! Rest of
the Day at leisure and overnight stay at your hotel.
Day 16. Jaipur
Whole Day to sightsee and shop in Jaipur. Suggest you begin the Day with an
elephant ride to the Amber Fort Palace, which is spectacular. Later you can
visit the City Palace in Jaipur itself, the Hawa Mahal - Palace of the Winds
and the Observatory. Jaipur is famous as a centre for carpet weaving - silk
and wool - and also for Jaipur blue pottery, but probably best known for its
exquisite gems and jewellery. A favourite place for lunch or dinner is the
Raj Palace Hotel. Lunch is in the garden or the fabulous dining room and
dinner is a BBQ on the terrace.
Due to a fatal accident in Oct 2005 we are no longer recommending the
elephant ride at the Amer Fort in Jaipur to our clients. You are strongly
requested NOT to take an elephant ride even if one is offered. Anglo Indiago
cannot take responsibility for any calamities which occur if the guest
decides to take an elephant ride.
Day 17. Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri -
ToDay you will leave after an early breakfast for the drive to Agra,
stopping on the way to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted capital city of
Emperor Akbar. Visit the beautiful Dargah Mosque, the Buland Darwaza and the
tomb of Shaikh Salim Chishti. Also the palaces of Akbar's women; Jodh Bal
Palace for his Hindu mother, Birbal Bhawan for his favourite courtier and
Golden House for his Christian wife. Also make a visit to the Karawan Serai
which is a courtyard surrounded by hostels used for visiting merchants, the
Paanch Mahal, the Treasury, the Diwan-I-Khas and the Diwan-I-Am.
Continue the short drive to Agra for overnight stay at your hotel.
Day 18. Agra - Delhi
Morning sightseeing of the most beautiful sites of Agra; The Taj Mahal, the
tomb of Mumtaz, beloved wife of the emperor Shah Jehan, the Red Fort and the
exquisite Itimad-ud-Daulah, tomb of the wazir of Emperor Jehangir.
Leave Agra early afternoon for the drive back to Delhi which will take
approximately four hours. Just 4 kms after leaving Agra you will stop to
visit Sikandra, the tomb of Emperor Akbar, the greatest of the Moghul
Please note: The Taj Mahal is closed every Friday
Upon reaching Delhi you will transfer to the Radisson Hotel where you can
relax and have dinner before your final departure from the International
End of Services.
||Imperial / The Oberoi
||Lalgarh Palace / Karni Bhawan Palace
||Gajner Palace - 30 km from Bikaner
||Ranbanka palace / Ajit Bhawan Palace
||Ajit Bhawan Palace - dlx room
||Rohet Garh Palace
||Rohet Garh Palace
||Trident - Hilton / Shiv Niwas Palace
||Trident - Hilton / Samode Haveli
||Trident - Hilton
||Trident - Hilton
|Delhi Transit room
||Radisson Hotel near airport
||Radisson Hotel near airport
Map of Rajasthan